Jan 11, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT
Yes, it’s true, as you may have heard; Alabama’s BCS trophy was put on display at two Alabama Wal-Mart stores over the weekend. And anticipation was so great for the big event that people attempted to camp out in freezing temperatures in front of the Tuscaloose Wal-Mart on Friday night, in order to be the first inside the next morning. Police had to disperse that crowd, telling them it wasn’t safe.
Photos? Oh, we have photos. It was quite an event. Lots of cool links following the jump.
An estimated 6,000 to 9,000 University of Alabama football fans viewed the school’s national championship trophy today at the Skyland Boulevard Walmart in Tuscaloosa, the store’s manager said.
A team for Dr. Pepper, the presenting sponsor of the Coaches’ Trophy, provided the crowd estimate and also took pictures of about 4,500 of those fans with the glittering hardware, manager Chad Souers said. Others took photos with their own cameras.
At one point today, fans were lined up inside the store for about a 20-minute wait to spend a few seconds standing and smiling next to the $30,000 Waterford crystal football-topped trophy.
More photos here.
On Sunday, the trophy was on display at the Gardendale Wal-Mart. You may mock this, but I see no difference between this and going to the mall to get your photo taken with Santa. Except Santa doesn’t sit on a fort made of Dr. Pepper cans.
Also, the trophy would have headed to Wal-Mart this year no matter which team had won it; it’s up to the trophy sponsor to decide which giant corporation gets to profit from displaying it. We’re just lucky that Alabama and Wal-Mart happened to coincide in 2010. It was fate.
BCS Championships and Everyday Low Prices [Friends of the Program]
Thousands line up to get picture taken with Alabama’s national championship trophy [The Birmingham News]
BCS trophy on display at Wal Mart [Tuscaloosa News]
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